Granddaughter of murder victim discusses mental illness after mother’s arrest

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — A local woman says mental illness has re-shaped her life forever. This comes after Kahdejah Porter’s mother, Brenda Evans was charged in killing her 84-year-old grandmother Hattie Evans Sunday.

Porter says she’s still dealing with the death of her grandmother and police say her mother is to blame. Porter says this is a case of her mother having mental illness and attempted to seek medical help for her mother Friday. 

Birmingham police on Monday announced the murder charge against 52-year-old Brenda Evans. She is charged in Sunday-morning slaying of her mother, 84-year-old Hattie Evans.

Birmingham police were dispatched just before 2:30 a.m. to a home in the 9000 block of Zion City Road on a welfare check. They gained entry into the home and found Evans unresponsive on the floor of her bedroom. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Hattie Evans had a head injury and the investigation determined she was the victim of a homicide. Investigators have not released additional information about what led to the slaying.

Brenda Evans was booked into the Jefferson County Jail late Monday afternoon. Her bond has not yet been announced.

“There was no motive, she was mentally ill. She was sick,” says Porter.

These are five warning signs of mental health risk.

  • A Change in Personality. If someone is acting like a very different person, or not acting or feeling like themself, this is a warning sign.
  • Uncharacteristic Anxiety, Anger, or Moodiness. …
  • Social Withdrawal and Isolation. …
  • Lack of Self-Care or Risky Behaviors. …
  • A Sense of Hopelessness or Feeling Overwhelmed.

If you need help, a source you can call is Alexander and Associates Counseling Services at 205-538-3099. 

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